15 Embarrassing Digestive Health Problems, Solved

Belly Bloat, Stomach Gurgles, Farting in Bed? Answers from A Woman's Guide to a Healthy Stomach (16 Photos)

Jacqueline L. Wolf on Mar 10, 2011 at 10:42PM

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15 Embarrassing Digestive Health Problems, Solved

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"I have to push between my rectum and vagina or put my fingers in my vagina to have a bowel movement. What is going on?"

You may have an outpouching of the rectum that pushes forward into the vaginal wall, which is called a rectocoele. This often occurs after a person has had constipation with a very large stool or strains to get the stool out. When a woman has this condition, during evacuation it is often helpful to place her fingers just inside her vagina and gently push toward the rectum and spine so that the stool gets lined up with the anal opening, easing the passage of the stool out of the rectum.

Text Copyright © 2011 by Jacqueline Wolf. Text used by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. Trademarks are owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited or its affiliated companies. Used under license.

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